The fundamental parameters of the Ap star 78 Virginis
Could 78 Vir be a rapidly oscillating Ap star?^{⋆}
^{1} Univ. Grenoble Alpes, IPAG, 38000 Grenoble, France
email: karine.perraut@obs.ujfgrenoble.fr
^{2} CNRS, IPAG, 38000 Grenoble, France
^{3} Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Rua das Estrelas, 4150762 Porto, Portugal
^{4} Laboratoire Lagrange, UNSCNRSOCA, CS 34229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
^{5} Georgia State University, PO Box 3969, Atlanta GA 303023969, USA
^{6} CHARA Array, Mount Wilson Observatory, 91023 Mount Wilson CA, USA
Received: 23 March 2015
Accepted: 13 May 2015
Context. Determining the effective temperature of Ap stars, including the roAp stellar pulsators, is a difficult task owing to their strong magnetic field and their related spotted surfaces. It is, however, an important step towards constraining models of their complex atmosphere and testing proposed pulsation excitation mechanisms.
Aims. Using the unique angular resolution provided by longbaseline visible interferometry, we aim at deriving accurate angular diameters of a number of Ap targets, so as to determine their unbiased effective temperature (T_{eff}) and their accurate position in the HertzsprungRussell diagram, to estimate their mass and age, and to test nonadiabatic pulsation models. Interferometric results on four Ap stars have been published in earlier works. Here we report the results on a fifth, significantly hotter star.
Methods. We observed 78 Vir with the visible spectrograph VEGA installed at the combined focus of the CHARA longbaseline optical array. We derived the limbdarkened diameter of this Ap star from our interferometric measurements. Based on photometric and spectroscopic data available in the literature, we estimated the star’s bolometric flux and used it, in combination with its parallax and angular diameter, to determine the star’s luminosity and effective temperature. We then used the derived fundamental parameters to perform a nonadiabatic pulsation analysis.
Results. We determined a limbdarkened angular diameter of 0.346 ± 0.006 mas and deduced a linear radius of R = 2.11 ± 0.04 R_{⊙}. Considering a bolometric flux of 2.73 ± 0.20 10^{7} erg/cm^{2}/s we obtained a luminosity of L/L_{⊙} = 27 ± 2 and an effective temperature of T_{eff} = 9100 ± 190 K. The nonadiabatic pulsation modeling allows us to predict that high overtone pulsations could be excited in 78 Vir at frequencies ranging from 1.2 to 1.9 mHz, provided that the magnetic field is capable of suppressing envelope convection in the polar regions.
Conclusions. Visible longbaseline interferometry is a unique means of deriving accurate fundamental parameters of Ap stars. The Ap star 78 Vir is found to be a promising roApstar candidate and one that would allow us to extend recent tests on the roAp stars’ excitation mechanism towards the blue edge of the instability strip. Asteroseismic data of this star would, therefore, be of strong interest.
Key words: methods: observational / techniques: high angular resolution / techniques: interferometric / stars: individual: 78 Vir / stars: fundamental parameters
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1. Introduction
78 Virginis (78 Vir; HD 118022; HR 5105; m_{V} = 4.94) is a bright Ap star classified as A1pCrSrEu by Cowley et al. (1969). It is a member of the magnetic chemically peculiar (CP) stars, usually called Ap stars. They are cool magnetic stars, ranging in spectral type from F0 to A3, with corresponding effective temperatures between 7000 and 10 000 K (Kurtz & Martinez 2000). They have strong and often variable lines of Sr, and Cr and other iron peak elements. Some of the coolest stars display nonradial pulsations in high overtone acoustic modes with periods between 6 and 23 min (Kurtz et al. 2006; Alentiev et al. 2012) and are named rapidly oscillating Ap stars (roAp stars).
78 Vir is the first star other than the sun in which a magnetic field was discovered by Babcock (1947). The surface magnetic field configuration was reconstructed by Khalack & Wade (2006): a slightly decentered magnetic dipole with a polar surface intensity of about 3.3 kG describes correctly the global magnetic field structure.
The effective temperature of 78 Vir was derived by Monier (1992) using the InfraRed Flux Method (IRFM, Blackwell & Shallis 1977) and the fit of the energy distribution. Both methods lead to an effective temperature of 9200 ± 200 K, which is much lower than the previous determinations ranging from 9500 K up to 10 700 K (Jugaku & Sargent 1968). This lower effective temperature places 78 Vir close to the blue edge of the theoretical instability strip for roAp stars (Cunha 2002), making it a potential testcase for constraining nonadiabatic pulsation models, as recently illustrated by Cunha et al. (2013). However, that potential can only be realized if the effective temperature and luminosity of the star are known with significant accuracy. As a matter of fact, determining the effective temperature of peculiar stars is an important but very difficult task, particularly because of the complexity of their atmosphere. In Ap stars, the strong magnetic field is supposed to play a central role in the abundance distribution by stabilizing the external layers, by partially or fully suppressing the convection, and by contributing to microscopic diffusion. Such vertical and horizontal microscopic diffusion of the chemical elements (Michaud 1970; Stift & Alecian 2012) might lead to spotted surfaces that have been reconstructed by Doppler or ZeemanDoppler imaging for several Ap stars (Lüftinger et al. 2003; Kochukhov et al. 2004; Lüftinger et al. 2010; Kochukhov & Wade 2010). Because of these abnormal surface layers, atmosphere models of Ap stars are extremely complex and the consequent determination of effective temperature (hence radius, assuming one knows the luminosity) by spectroscopic data is subject to difficulties. Determining accurate fundamental parameters by a method as independent as possible of an atmosphere model is thus required for performing asteroseismic investigations of these stars (Cunha et al. 2003, 2007), including the testing of nonadiabatic pulsation models, and it is also an efficient way to improve the modeling of their atmosphere. Modern longbaseline interferometry, working in the visible range like VEGA on the CHARA array (Mourard et al. 2009), reaches an angular resolution as low as 0.2 milliseconds of arc (mas), which allows several Ap stars to be resolved despite their very small angular size (i.e. ≤1 mas).
In this paper, we report our interferometric observations of 78 Vir with the VEGA instrument (Sect. 2) and the determination of its limbdarkened angular diameter. To fix the star’s position in the HR diagram, we compute the star’s bolometric flux (Sect. 3) and derive its fundamental parameters (Sect. 4). We then use a stellar evolution code to determine the mass and the age of the target and a nonadiabatic pulsation code (Balmforth et al. 2001) to predict its pulsation properties (Sect. 5). Finally we compare our results with those published in the literature and conclude (Sect. 6).
2. Interferometric observations and data processing
2.1. CHARA/VEGA observations
We used the visible VEGA spectrograph (Mourard et al. 2009) installed at the combined focus of the CHARA array which hosts six onemeter telescopes and allows a maximum baseline of about 330 m to be reached (Ten Brummelaar et al. 2010). Combined with the visible wavelengths of VEGA, an angular resolution of λ/ (2B) ~ 0.2 mas can be achieved, which is particularly effective in order to resolve the Ap stars. We always combine three telescopes of the array to probe long baselines (i.e. longer than 200 m) and record the spectrally dispersed fringes around 700 nm with a spectral resolution of 6000. This mode has a limiting correlated magnitude of m_{V} ~ 6.5 in medium seeing conditions, which is well adapted to our target. We used the Kband CLIMB beam combiner in parallel with VEGA to ensure the fringe coherencing (Sturmann et al. 2010). We followed a sequence of calibratortargetcalibrator, with 40 blocks of 2500 short exposures (of 10 ms) per star. Swapping from one star to another every 20 min ensures that the instrumental transfer function is stable enough. We selected the calibrators with the SearchCal tool (Bonneau et al. 2006)^{1}: HD 109704, HD 127167, HD 129956, and HD 130557. We checked their uniformdisk angular diameters with the getCal database^{2} and used the uniformdisk angular diameters provided by the JSDC catalog (Lafrasse et al. 2010) in the R band (Table 1). The observation log is given in Table 1, which includes the date and the time of the observations, the telescope pair, the projected baseline length B_{p} and its orientation PA, the central wavelength λ_{0} of the spectral range used for computing the squared visibility V^{2} and the errors σ on V^{2} (see Sect. 2.2), the Fried parameter r_{0}, and the HD number of the calibrators. Except for the shortest baseline, for which the PA is − 83°, all the baseline orientations are close to each other (PA = 108° ± 6°) and we will not be able to determine any angular diameter variation with respect to the baseline orientation.
V magnitude and uniformdisk angular diameters of the calibrators in the R band.
Log of the observations.
2.2. VEGA data processing
The interferometric data were reduced using the standard VEGA reduction pipeline described in Mourard et al. (2009) which computes the squared visibility in wide spectral bands based on a spectral density analysis. For each night, we first checked that the instrumental transfer function was stable over the night by computing this transfer function for all the calibrators of all the programs of the night as explained in Mourard et al. (2012). Bad sequences due to poor seeing conditions or instrumental instabilities noted in the journal of the night were rejected.
For each data sequence (calibratortargetcalibrator) we computed the raw squared visibility for each block of 1000 individual frames and for different spectral bands of 15 nm in the continuum (whose central wavelengths λ_{0} are given in Table 2). Following the method used for 10 Aql (Perraut et al. 2013), we only considered the squared visibilities obtained for a signaltonoise ratio higher than 4. Using the known angular diameter of the calibrators, we calibrated the target squared visibilities V^{2} and estimated a weighted mean calibrated squared visibility and the corresponding errors (Table 2): σ_{stat} corresponds to the statistical dispersion over the block’s measurements and σ_{syst} accounts for the uncertainty on the calibrator diameter. We obtained 15 visibility points, each affected by a global error . Even for the longest baselines (i.e. more than 300 m) these global errors remain dominated by the measurement dispersion and not by the accuracy on the calibrators’ diameter, mainly because for such long baselines the observations on the calibrators that are faint are difficult and the dispersion on visibility measurement can be large.
2.3. Deriving uniformdisk and limbdarkened angular diameters
Figure 1 presents all the calibrated squared visibilities as a function of the spatial frequency (B_{p}/λ). Since all visibility measurements are in the first lobe of the visibility curve, they only provide the angular size of the target. In particular our visibility points do not allow us to resolve the surface spots of this peculiar star, neither spatially (the used baselines are too small) nor spectrally (the spectral band along which we compute visibilities is too wide). Using the model fitting tool LITpro^{3} we fitted all the visibility measurements versus spatial frequency, leading to a uniformdisk angular diameter θ_{UD} of 0.334 ± 0.006 mas for 78 Vir with a of 0.73.
Fig. 1 Squared visibility versus spatial frequency for 78 Vir obtained with the VEGA observations (diamonds). The solid line represents the uniformdisk best model provided by LITpro. 

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We used the linear limbdarkening coefficient u(R) in the R band provided by the Claret tables to derive the limbdarkened angular diameter θ_{LD} of 78 Vir through the formula: (1)As detailed in Claret & Bloemen (2011), u(R) is obtained by a leastsquare method of adjustment of the radial intensity distribution on the stellar disk using a stellar atmosphere model characterized by the effective temperature (T_{eff}), the gravity (log g), the metallicity (Z), and the microturbulent velocity (xi). For a solar metallicity and a null microturbulent velocity, we computed the coefficients u(R) and the corresponding limbdarkened diameters when the effective temperature spans from 8750 K to 9250 K and log g from 4 to 5. When scanning the gravity range, the limbdarkened diameter only varies at the level of 10^{4} mas; instead, when scanning the temperature range, differences smaller than 10^{3} mas are noticed. We also tested different metallicities from − 5 to +1: over this range the limbdarkened diameter only varies by 10^{3} mas. These variations are 5−7 times smaller than our error bar on the uniformdisk diameter. By considering the average limbdarkening coefficient on our parameter space, u(R) = 0.428, we obtained a limbdarkened angular diameter of θ_{LD} = 0.346 ± 0.006 mas for 78 Vir, hence an accuracy better than 2%.
Fig. 2 Spectral energy distribution obtained for 78 Vir. The IUE spectrum is shown in black at the lower wavelengths, the ELODIE spectrum is shown in blue, the interpolations are shown in gray and the 2MASS data are shown by orange circles. Spectrophotometric data are shown by blue (Kharitonov et al. 1988), cyan (Adelman et al. 1989), and red (Glushneva et al. 1998) dots. Insets at the top are zooms for two different spectral ranges. (See online edition for a color version.) 

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3. Computation of the bolometric flux
Next we compute the bolometric flux for 78 Vir following the same procedure as in Perraut et al. (2013). The apparent flux distribution was obtained by combining photometric and spectroscopic data available in the literature, in particular:

For wavelengths in the range 1150 Å <λ< 3320 Å, we combined 25 rebinned spectra from the Sky Survey Telescope obtained at the IUE Newly Extracted Spectra (INES) data archive^{4}. Based on the quality flag listed in the IUE spectra (Garhart et al. 1997) we removed all bad pixels from the data, and we also removed the points with negative flux.

For wavelengths in the range 3320 Å <λ< 3904 Å and 6800 Å <λ< 7850 Å, we combined the spectrophotometric data from Kharitonov et al. (1988), Adelman et al. (1989), and Glushneva et al. (1998).

For wavelengths in the range 3904 Å <λ< 6800 Å, we combined two fluxcalibrated ELODIE spectra extracted from the ELODIE.3.1 library^{5} (Prugniel & Soubiran 2001; Prugniel et al. 2007).

At the longest wavelengths, we collected the photometric data from the 2MASS All Sky Catalog of point sources^{6} (Cutri et al. 2003). Filter responses and zero points were taken from Cohen et al. (2003).
4. Determination of the fundamental parameters
4.1. Linear radius
We derived the radius of 78 Vir and its error through a Monte Carlo simulation, (2)where R stands for the stellar radius (in solar radius, R_{⊙}), θ_{LD} for the limbdarkened angular diameter (in mas), and π_{P} for the parallax (in seconds of arc). By taking π_{P} = 17.65 ± 0.20 mas (van Leeuwen 2007) we obtained R = 2.11 ± 0.04 R_{⊙}, hence an accuracy of 1.9% on the radius determination.
4.2. Luminosity and effective temperature
We used the parallax π_{P} and the bolometric flux f_{bol} to derive the luminosity through a Monte Carlo method, (3)where C is the conversion from parsec to cm (3.086 × 10^{18}), and π_{p} the parallax in seconds. We found L = 27.3 L_{⊙}. The error bar is strongly dominated by that of the bolometric flux. We thus fix L = 27 ± 2 L_{⊙}.
We used the measured angular diameter and bolometric flux to estimate the effective temperature through the equation (4)where σ stands for the StefanBoltzmann constant (5.67 × 10^{5} erg cm^{2} s^{1} K^{4}). We determined an effective temperature of 9100 ± 190 K.
Fundamental parameters of 78 Vir.
5. Stellar and pulsation properties
5.1. Position in the HertzsprungRussell diagram
We used the fundamental parameters derived in Sect. 4 to put 78 Vir in the HertzsprungRussell (HR) diagram. To derive the mass and the age of our target, we used the isochrone tool CMD 2.5^{7} with Z = 0.019, Y = 0.28242, [M/H] = 0.119 (Fig. 3). Thanks to our accurate determination of the radius, we obtained a mass of 2.16 ± 0.04 M_{⊙} and an age of 435 ± 55 Myr. All the fundamental parameters are gathered in Table 3.
Fig. 3 Position of 78 Vir in the HertzsprungRussell diagram. The constraints on the fundamental parameters are indicated by the 1σerror box (log (T_{eff}), log (L/L_{⊙})) and the diagonal lines (radius). The blue box in solid lines corresponds to our work and the black box in dashed lines to the parameters derived by Khalack & Wade (2006). Isochrones are overplotted in green lines for Z = 0.019, Y = 0.28242, [M/H] = 0.119 and ages of 435 Myr (best fit – dashed line), 380 Myr, and 490 Myr (dashdotted lines). (See online edition for a color version.) 

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5.2. Nonadiabatic pulsation analysis
The effective temperature and luminosity derived from our work place 78 Vir within the roAp stars’ theoretical instability strip (Cunha 2002, the theoretical red and blue edges derived by the author are reproduced in our Fig. 4). This makes 78 Vir an important target for extending the tests on the roAp stars’ excitation mechanism towards the theoretical blue edge. With this in mind, we have used the fundamental parameters determined in this work to perform a linear, nonadiabatic stability analysis for 78 Vir. The analysis follows closely those presented by Balmforth et al. (2001) and Cunha et al. (2013). The equilibrium models are composed of two different regions: the equatorial region, where envelope convection proceeds normally, and the polar region, where envelope convection is assumed to be suppressed by the magnetic field. In practice, two spherically symmetric models are built, each with the characteristics of one of the regions. The models are then matched below the convectively unstable layers to guarantee that they have the same internal structure. The computation of the models requires the input of the stellar mass, luminosity, effective temperature, and internal chemical composition. In addition, it requires the definition of the minimum optical depth in the atmosphere and of the surface helium abundance. The latter may differ from the helium abundance in the interior owing to helium settling. The stability analysis is carried out separately in the two regions, the results corresponding to two limit cases: the case of a star in which envelope convection is fully suppressed by the magnetic field and the case of a star in which the magnetic field does not affect envelope convection at all. These results can then be combined to obtain the growth rates in a model with convection suppressed only in some angular region around the magnetic pole (hereafter called the composite model). In the pulsation analysis it is possible to choose between two mechanical outer boundary conditions: one that imposes the full reflection of the waves and one that allows waves with frequency above the acoustic cutoff frequency to propagate. The latter condition is derived by matching the computed solutions with the analytical solutions valid for a planeparallel isothermal atmosphere. We refer the reader to the works mentioned above for a more detailed description of the models and corresponding physical assumptions.
Fig. 4 Position of 78 Vir in the HertzsprungRussell diagram. Our constraints on the fundamental parameters are indicated by the blue 1σerror box (log (T_{eff}), log (L/L_{⊙})) and the blue diagonal lines (radius). For a fixed age of 435 Myr, isochrones are overplotted for Z = 0.014 (plus), Z = 0.016 (open circles), Z = 0.019 (best fit – dotted green line), and Z = 0.022 (open triangles). Filled symbols mark the blue and red edges of the instability strip. (See online edition for a color version.) 

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To account for the main model uncertainties, we have considered four different cases. In all of them we have adopted a homogenous helium abundance for the equatorial regions, in accordance with the results of Théado et al. (2005). In the first case (hereafter case A), the equilibrium model is characterized by a minimum optical depth of τ_{min} = 1.5 × 10^{4} and a surface helium abundance in the polar region of Y_{surf} = 0.01. Moreover, in the pulsation analysis for this case we apply a fully reflective boundary condition at the surface. The other three cases are obtained by changing these properties, one at the time (keeping the other properties equal to case A). The details are summarized in Table 4.
The results of our nonadiabatic calculations are shown in Fig. 5, where we plot the relative growth rates, η/ω, as a function of the cyclic frequency, ν. Here η and ω are the imaginary and real parts of the angular eigenfrequencies, respectively. All highovertone pulsations are predicted to have negative growth rates in models with the properties of the equatorial region (open symbols). This is in agreement with earlier results found for models of other roAp stars (e.g. Cunha et al. 2013). It implies that regions in which envelope convection is not suppressed contribute to stabilizing the oscillations. In contrast, the results for the polar models (filled symbols) all show positive growth rates for a range of high overtones.
To make an inference about the stability of the oscillations in the composite model we must compare the absolute values of the growth rates in the polar and equatorial regions. Following Balmforth et al. (2001, see their Eq. (15) and their Fig. 4), the analysis predicts that high overtone dipolar pulsations aligned with the magnetic field axis (l = 1, m = 0) would be excited in 78 Vir if the envelope convection is suppressed in an angular region (hereafter spot) larger than about 40° around the magnetic pole. For the excitation of spherically symmetric modes (l = 0) the spot would have to be larger than about 60°, while the excitation of l = 1, m = ± 1 modes would require a spot with an extension of at least 70°.
The composite model proposed by Balmforth et al. (2001), hence also the size of the spots discussed above, assumes that the pulsation axis is aligned with the magnetic axis. This is the case when the magnetic field effect dominates over the effect of rotation on the oscillations. Given the equatorial rotational velocity of 78 Vir (V_{e} = 29 ± 4 km s^{1}; Khalack & Wade 2006), one may expect the rotational effect on the pulsations to be nonnegligible, possibly leading to a nonalignment between the pulsation axis and the magnetic field axis (Bigot & Dziembowski 2002; Bigot & Kurtz 2011). Still, the angle between the magnetic and rotation axes is quite significant in 78 Vir (with an obliquity β = 124° ± 5°, derived by Khalack & Wade 2006), which, according to the results of Bigot & Dziembowski (2002), favors a quasialignment of one of the dipolar modes with the magnetic field, making the 40° minimum requirement for the spot size a reasonable expectation. In the worst scenario of a significant nonalignment between the pulsation and magnetic axes, the minimum size of the spot required for the excitation of pulsations in 78 Vir may be larger than 40°, but still not larger than about 60°, since the condition on the excitation of the l = 0 modes is unchanged. Whatever the case, if modes are indeed excited in 78 Vir they are expected to be found within the frequency interval ~1.2−1.9 mHz.
Finally, we would like to note that the convectively unstable region in 78 Vir is rather shallow, making the suppression of convection in this star relatively easy when compared to the known roAp stars (Cunha 2002). Given the strength of the magnetic field observed in 78 Vir, we can thus conclude that the case for the driving of highovertone pulsations in 78 Vir is very strong.
Fig. 5 Relative growth rates for the four cases considered. Open symbols show the results for the equatorial models (with envelope convection) and filled symbols show the results for the polar models (without envelope convection): case A (circles); case B (squares); case C (upwards triangles); case D (right facing triangles). The horizontal dotted line marks where η/ω = 0. See Table 4 for a description of the four cases. 

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6. Discussion and conclusion
Thanks to interferometric measurements in the visible range we managed to clearly resolve 78 Vir and derive an angular diameter that is as independent as possible of atmosphere models. We obtained a limbdarkened angular diameter of θ_{LD} = 0.346 ± 0.006 mas, which is close to that derived by Monier (1992) from infrared measurements, the bolometric flux, and predictions of atmosphere models (θ_{mod} = 0.343 ± 0.024 mas). Our radius differs from that of Monier (1992) only because they considered a different distance (see Table 3). Our radius is in good agreement with the value determined by Khalack & Wade (2006). We obtained similar bolometric flux and effective temperature to Monier (1992) and our effective temperature and luminosity are consistent with the values derived by Khalack & Wade (2006) as depicted in Fig. 3. In addition, Monier (1992) noticed in his paper that previous effective temperature determinations pointed towards much higher values, i.e. above 9500 K and up to 10 700 K, which is strongly incompatible with our angular diameter measurement. As an example, an effective temperature of 10 000 K leads to a radius of 1.74 R_{⊙} and an angular diameter of 0.286 mas, which is completely ruled out by our measurements.
Our mass is in close agreement with that of Khalack & Wade (2006), but the age is marginally consistent with their determination even if we considered a similar Z. Our age is in agreement with the value of 500 ± 100 Myr of King et al. (2003), but the authors considered a much higher effective temperature (9710 K) than we did. King et al. (2003) also flag 78 Vir as an uncertain member of the Ursa Major stream. Based on the metallicity [Fe/H] whose log spans from − 0.13 to +1.58 with respect to the solar metallicity (Cayrel de Strobel et al. 1997), it is not clear whether this star has a solar metallicity, hence the uncertainties of the mass and the age can be large. Figure 4 presents isochrones for a given age (435 Myr) and different values of Z. Thanks to our constraints on log (T_{eff}), log (L/L_{⊙}), and also on R we derived a mass of 2.15 M_{⊙} for Z = 0.016 and Z = 0.022, which is in perfect agreement with our determination for a solar metallicity. A mass of 2.07 M_{⊙} for Z = 0.014 can be derived while only considering the constraints on log (T_{eff}) and log (L/L_{⊙}), but the corresponding isochrone does not fit our constraints on the radius. As pointed out by Creevey et al. (2007) an accurate determination of the radius is thus a powerful means of deriving accurate masses.
To our knowledge there are no studies of the pulsation properties of 78 Vir published in the literature, nor any reported attempts to observe rapid pulsations in this star. However, 78 Vir appears to be a good candidate to extend the tests on the pulsation excitation mechanism for roAp stars towards the blue edge of the instability strip. Given its asteroseismic potential, data for this star have recently been acquired with the SONG telescope network (Antoci et al., in prep.).
Acknowledgments
The authors want to warmly thank R. Monier for the fruitful discussions. VEGA is supported by French programs for stellar physics and high angular resolution PNPS and ASHRA, by the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur and the Laboratoire Lagrange. The CHARA Array is operated with support from the National Science Foundation through grant AST0908253, the W.M. Keck Foundation, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, and from Georgia State University. This work has been supported by a grant from LabEx OSUG@2020 (Investissements d’avenir – ANR10LABX56) and made use of funds from the ERC through the project FP7SPACE2012312844. MSC is supported by FCT through the Investigador FCT contract of reference IF/00894/2012 and POPH/FSE (EC) by FEDER funding through the program COMPETE. Funds for this work were provided also by the EC, under FP7, through the project FP7SPACE201231284. I.B. acknowledges financial support from the FCT through the grant SFRH/BPD/87857/2012. This research has made use of the SearchCal and LITpro services of the JeanMarie Mariotti Center, and of CDS Astronomical Databases SIMBAD and VIZIER.
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Fig. 1 Squared visibility versus spatial frequency for 78 Vir obtained with the VEGA observations (diamonds). The solid line represents the uniformdisk best model provided by LITpro. 

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Fig. 2 Spectral energy distribution obtained for 78 Vir. The IUE spectrum is shown in black at the lower wavelengths, the ELODIE spectrum is shown in blue, the interpolations are shown in gray and the 2MASS data are shown by orange circles. Spectrophotometric data are shown by blue (Kharitonov et al. 1988), cyan (Adelman et al. 1989), and red (Glushneva et al. 1998) dots. Insets at the top are zooms for two different spectral ranges. (See online edition for a color version.) 

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Fig. 3 Position of 78 Vir in the HertzsprungRussell diagram. The constraints on the fundamental parameters are indicated by the 1σerror box (log (T_{eff}), log (L/L_{⊙})) and the diagonal lines (radius). The blue box in solid lines corresponds to our work and the black box in dashed lines to the parameters derived by Khalack & Wade (2006). Isochrones are overplotted in green lines for Z = 0.019, Y = 0.28242, [M/H] = 0.119 and ages of 435 Myr (best fit – dashed line), 380 Myr, and 490 Myr (dashdotted lines). (See online edition for a color version.) 

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Fig. 4 Position of 78 Vir in the HertzsprungRussell diagram. Our constraints on the fundamental parameters are indicated by the blue 1σerror box (log (T_{eff}), log (L/L_{⊙})) and the blue diagonal lines (radius). For a fixed age of 435 Myr, isochrones are overplotted for Z = 0.014 (plus), Z = 0.016 (open circles), Z = 0.019 (best fit – dotted green line), and Z = 0.022 (open triangles). Filled symbols mark the blue and red edges of the instability strip. (See online edition for a color version.) 

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Fig. 5 Relative growth rates for the four cases considered. Open symbols show the results for the equatorial models (with envelope convection) and filled symbols show the results for the polar models (without envelope convection): case A (circles); case B (squares); case C (upwards triangles); case D (right facing triangles). The horizontal dotted line marks where η/ω = 0. See Table 4 for a description of the four cases. 

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